Special Report

The Cost of College the Year You Were Born

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1976
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $3,980 (inflation adj.: $18,060)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $1,940 (inflation adjusted: $8,800)
> Per capita income: $6,875 (inflation adjusted: $31,271)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.7%

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1977
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $4,240 (inflation adj.: $18,010)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $2,040 (inflation adjusted: $8,670)
> Per capita income: $7,516 (inflation adjusted: $32,099)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 24.0%

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1978
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $4,610 (inflation adj.: $18,180)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $2,150 (inflation adjusted: $8,480)
> Per capita income: $8,356 (inflation adjusted: $33,169)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.3%

1979
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $5,010 (inflation adj.: $17,760)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $2,330 (inflation adjusted: $8,260)
> Per capita income: $9,232 (inflation adjusted: $32,911)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.1%

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1980
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $5,590 (inflation adj.: $17,510)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $2,550 (inflation adjusted: $7,990)
> Per capita income: $10,180 (inflation adjusted: $31,974)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 22.5%